From the humblest lemonade stand to the largest multi-billion dollar international corporation, a business needs accessories to help it along. Luckily, we’re living in an age where businesses of every size can access all manner of affordable tech and gizmos to help make tedious and repetitive jobs that much smoother and easier. If you’re an entrepreneur, here’s a sampling of the best gadgets for business owners, including a variety of recommended mobile devices, accessories and technology tools available to you:
iPhone 4S – What can be said about the iPhone that hasn’t been said already? Smartphones, particularly iPhones, are celebrated pieces of technology, and for good reason: their power and versatility make them the equivalent of pocket-sized computers that can accomplish just about any task you set them to. Best of all, you can download apps (many of them free) to perform every conceivable function associated with running a business. Oh, and iPhones can also make phone calls.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 – Tablets are fast becoming a hardy and affordable alternative to laptop computers. They’re lightweight and as versatile as smartphones, making them perfect travel companions. While the iPad is always an excellent choice for a tablet, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 2 is certainly no slouch. Its 7-inch screen makes it easier to tote around, and with a price tag of $250, it’s far more affordable than the iPad.
Swivl – If you produce a lot of video for your business, the Swivl is a must-have piece of tech. True to its name, the Swivl swivels your iPod in place and follows/records your movements as you give lectures, demo products, and more.
PowerTech EZ Go Portable Travel Outlet – If you take a lot of tech on the road with you, then you’re already painfully aware of how few electrical outlets a single hotel room provides. The EZ Go Portable Travel Outlet is a docking station that charges several electrical and USB-powered devices with a single socket. It also protects your electronics against surges. If you love pulling out hotel TV stands to access the plug that it hides, though, go ahead and skip the Travel Outlet.
TripButler – Quickly: name the most dangerous activity you can engage in while travelling. Running with the bulls in Spain? Petting lions in Africa? Nope. It’s enabling data roaming on your smartphone. If you wander outside your home borders and check your email, you may well come back to a phone bill that equals the price of a heart transplant. Consider getting your hands on a TripButler. It’s a small, lightweight device that lets you use the Internet at the rates you pay back home. Up to five Wi-Fi devices can connect at once.
For more cool gadget recommendations that will help you run your business smoothly, check out:
The Best Business Gadgets of 2012 (So Far) at Business Insider
Our Picks for the Best New Business Gadgets at Entrepreneur
Best Wearable Gadgets at Business Insider